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Giles Andreae speaks to Graham Marks

Author Spotlight

Giles Andreae is not only the bestselling author of such award-winning picture books as Giraffes Can’t Dance, Rumble in the Jungle and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, he’s also the man behind the entertaining world of Purple Ronnie, as well as The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about all the many and varied bits of his very creative life, including toilet brush poetry.

Franklin Watts

The Mermaid's Socks

Clare De Marco, Steve Brown
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Steve Brown

The Mermaid's Socks is a funny story for all little mermaid fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band red.When Princess Bubble the mermaid gets a pair of socks for her birthday, she has no idea what they are! Can she think of a use for them?The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

Franklin Watts

The Animals' Football Final

Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton

Franklin Watts

Lily Long Pockets

Clare De Marco, Benedetta Giaufret, Enrica Rusinà
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Benedetta Giaufret, Enrica Rusinà

Lily loves to carry as many treasures as she can. But soon her pockets have burst! Can she and Dad come uo with a plan for some super long pockets? The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.

Franklin Watts

The Greedy Pirates

Clare De Marco
Authors:
Clare De Marco

Parker and Patch are two pirates with a thirst for treasure! When they discover they both have the same treasure map, it is a race to see who gets to the treasure first!The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read.A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

The Frog Prince and the Kitten

Clare De Marco
Authors:
Clare De Marco

Lily the kitten is a menace. She loves chasing the animals in the palace gardens. But when she meets a frog who returns her golden ball, the tables might be turned!The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words.

Franklin Watts

The Animals' Football Camp

Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton

Jungle United are training hard at a special camp. But Lion thinks he is already brilliant and refuses to train with the others. Will he ever learn to play as part of a team?The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words.

Franklin Watts

The Animals' Football Cup

Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton

It's Jungle United versus Rainforest Rovers in the football cup final. Hippo isn't playing well. He's just too big and clumsy. But can he save the day?The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 180 words.

Franklin Watts

Tiddlers: Fred's Ted

Clare De Marco, Melanie Sharp
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Melanie Sharp

Fred's Little Ted has a rip in him. Mum says she can fix him, but will Little Ted ever be the same again?The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read.A word list at the start of the book allows you to check the child's ability to decode and understand each word before reading, providing a fully supported first reading experience. And a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

The Old Tin Bath

Clare De Marco, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Martin Remphry
Franklin Watts

The Hitchhiker

Anthony Horowitz, Dan Boultwood
Contributors:
Anthony Horowitz, Dan Boultwood

Jacob is in the car when his dad stops to pick up a stranger in the rain - the hitchhiker. Who is he? And why is he out in a storm? Soon, Jacob has all the answers. Now he has to save his family from this madman, who will stop at nothing until they are all dead.Full colour, graphic novel adaptions of some of the most hauntingly entertaining Horowitz short stories.

Wayland

Toys

Dereen Taylor
Authors:
Dereen Taylor
Hodder Children's Books

The Smugglers' Secret

Chris Mould
Authors:
Chris Mould

Stanley Buggles holds the key to the smugglers' map.But does he dare to uncover its ancient secrets? What will happen if he ventures down into the treacherous tunnels?And who is following behind...?Originally published under the title 'The Smugglers' Mine'.

Hodder Children's Books

The Golden Labyrinth

Chris Mould
Authors:
Chris Mould
Franklin Watts

The Enormous Turnip

Robert James, Mark Chambers
Contributors:
Robert James, Mark Chambers
Wayland

Remembrance Day

Kay Barnham
Authors:
Kay Barnham
Hodder Children's Books

The Buccaneer's Bones

Chris Mould
Authors:
Chris Mould
Hodder Children's Books

The Curse of the Wolf

Chris Mould
Authors:
Chris Mould

The island of Crampton Rock has emerged from pirate battle. But something far more sinister is on the move ...What claim does the Darkling family have on Stanley Buggles' home?And do the Darkling twins really keep a two-headed snake as a pet?Originally published under the title 'The Darkling Curse'.

Orion Children's Books

The Three Little Princesses

Georgie Adams, Emily Bolam
Contributors:
Georgie Adams, Emily Bolam

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Meet the three little princesses! Phoebe, Pruella and Pip are looking forward to their father the King's birthday celebration - but when the key to the all-important time machine is stolen, the palace is thrown into chaos!The princesses must journey deep into the Enchanted Forest to find the culprit and restore order before the kingdom disappears for ever...Brimming with humour, intrigue and suspense, and with delightful illustrations from Emily Bolam, this is a book children will return to time and time again.

Franklin Watts

Leapfrog Rhyme Time: Goldilocks Rap

Clare De Marco
Authors:
Clare De Marco

Goldilocks is off for a walk, but then she gets hungry. What will she find when she enters the woods? And where are her manners?Leapfrog Rhyme Time features fun, rhyming stories of no more than 180 words for children who are starting to read on their own.

Franklin Watts

Reading Corner Phonics: In the Shed

Clare De Marco, Anna C Leplar
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Anna C Leplar

The series aims to support children who are learning to read through phonics, giving them the opportunity to read simple words in print.This book of no more than 100 words, focuses on phonemes of more than one letter plus simple polysyllabic words and the four consonant digraphs.In this story, Jack is looking at the mess in the shed.  He finds an old jacket and looks in the pocket. Can his nan tell him about what he finds?